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Nebraska NRD Board: Lower Platte South, Dist 10

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  • Bastienne Salners
    (NP)

  • Ray A Stevens Jr
    (NP)

  • Eric Lee Wimer
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What steps will you take to prepare for changes in climate trends that affect Natural Resource District management?

What educational actions will you advocate for your district's students and adults regarding the changing climate?

How do you address the concerns of citizens and developers who want access to NRD projects?

Has your district tested its water for nitrate levels? If its concentration is found higher than the federal limit of 10 ppm, how would you recommended remedying the situation?

If elected, what would be your first year priorities? Please detail.

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Occupation Retired
Education BS in Bus. Admin. from UNL
Current Public Office, dates held Director, Lower Platte South NRD. 2012 to present.
Past Public Office, dates held Lancaster County Commissioner 2001-2011.
Volunteer experience Peoples City Mission, Boy Scouts, Red Cross, United Way, GPTN, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Prairie Corridor Cabinet, LIBA, Westminster Pres. Church, FarmHouse Assoc., Lincoln Track Club.
Address 3411 Hanson Ct. Lincoln , NE 68502
Marital Status Married
Age 80
The NRD Board held a retreat in February of this year to hear representatives from Nebraska Extension and the State Climatologist and to discuss climate change and how best to prepare local landowners, residents and the NRD for changes to come. These changes include higher temperatures, an increased growing season, drier summers, wetter springs, falls and winters. Precipitation will increase and there will be more days with greater than 1 inch of rainfall. The NRD’s role will be to education our constituents and to insure our levies and flood control structures meet and exceed the Army Corps of Engineer standards. An active education plan is ongoing.
The NRD should continue our educational efforts with district schools through field trips to demonstrate maintenance and preservation of wildlife and wetland areas. Student and adult education can be enhanced by conducting climate change seminars at local schools and community centers. These seminars can be facilitated by the NRD and include experts from UNL to discuss how the climate is changing and the best management practices to mitigate and adjust to the changes. This includes how to cope in our daily lives but especially changes required in production agriculture.
The NRDs operate under guidelines of the Army Corps of Engineers and Nebraska State Statutes. Consequently, citizens and developers must largely adhere to the same guidelines. The NRDs allow access to properties owned and managed by the NRDs for noninvasive recreational activities. We encourage citizen use! We also cooperate and cost share with developers and landowners who wish to enhance their land or production that has an ancillary benefit to the NRD.
Yes. Remedial action for nitrate levels above federal limits starts with identifying point sources of the excess nitrates and attempting to stop them. This may involving reductions in nitrogen application in agricultural areas, moving animals and removing animal waste. Nitrate levels above federal limits must be noted and restricted from human and animal use. If remediation is not possible, new sources of water much be acquired. This could involve new wells, development of a community water source or access to a district water source.
1). Continuing support for the development of the Prairie Corridor from Pioneers Park to Spring Creek Prairie. This involves a collaboration with the City of Lincoln and 21 other community organizations to acquire land or easements and develop a 7 mile trail corridor that provides recreational opportunities and preservation of prairie land. 2). Implementation of the Dead Man’s Run project to enhance stream flow and reduce flood potential along Dead Man’s Run from 33rd street to 48th street along the north edge of the UNL East Campus. This will remove approximately 500 structures from the 100 year flood plain and lower or eliminate the requirement for flood insurance. It should also enhance the north entry to the East Campus. 3). Reopen the Lied Bridge over the Platte River to facilitate recreational use on both sides of the river. 4). Work to create a user friendly solution to complete the MoPac Trail between Lincoln and Omaha.
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